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10 May 2018

 

ANZ Bank New Zealand today announced $100 million in interest-free loans to help Kiwis insulate their homes. ANZ’s CEO, David Hisco, said the bank would make available to its home loan customers interest free loans to help cover insulating their houses. “Cold, damp and mouldy homes are a major problem in New Zealand, resulting in many health problems, expensive energy bills and degradation of properties,” Mr Hisco said. “ANZ wants to help New Zealand resolve this major social, environmental and economic problem.

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17 May 2018

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has welcomed the Government $142 million investment to make Kiwi homes healthier.

This spending in a new four-year programme, known as Warmer Kiwi Homes, will make the homes of lower-income New Zealanders warmer and drier by providing grants to insulate and heat homes, says EECA Chief Executive Andrew Caseley.

“Too many homes are cold and damp, leading to preventable diseases such as rheumatic fever and asthma. That’s a burden on Kiwi families, as well as the health system.”

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Winter is undoubtedly a more arduous time of year. As lower temperatures set in, the idea of being cosy inside your home becomes more and more appealing. Unfortunately, a warm and healthy home to live in throughout the winter is something many Southland families don’t have. For the past 10 years, the Southland Warm Homes Trust has been committed to seeing as many homes as it can come up to standard to keep our community warm and healthy.

The vision of the trust is to ensure Southlanders have a more energy efficient home, an improved living environment, improved well-being, better... read more

The Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT) is pleased to announce the winner of its 2017 Southland Property Management Company of the Year Award is Pride Property Management for the second consecutive year.

The award was presented to Pride Property Management at a function on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Southland Warm Homes Trust Chairman, Jim Hargest said the award recognises property managers who are actively improving the living conditions of tenants and supporting the vision of the SWHT.

 “Pride Property Management has continued to be proactive in helping... read more

In 2017, on Friday 23 June, during the Puaka Matariki KUMA hui, the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Business runner up Award was presented to Awarua Synergy

Background

Suzanne Spencer was a mentor, advisor, supporter, advocate, and tireless supporter of numerous businesses and business people in the Māori community in Otago and Southland.  Working for Te Puni Kōkiri, Suzanne used her extensive network across the country to establish and organise what became the Māori Business Network, Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru, or KUMA.  

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Making the move to cleaner home heating will become easier for Gore residents from today, with the start of the Clean Air Loans Gore Scheme.

 

Gore residents who live within the designated airshed will be able to apply for an interest free loan of up to $5,000 to install approved clean heating options and insulate their homes.

 

Environment Southland has committed $140,000 per year for the next three years for the heating scheme and the Gore District Council has set aside $50,000 for a loan pilot scheme to provide insulation.

 

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Our team in partnership with Southland Chamber of Commerce hosted a Landlord event at Transport World on Thursday 2 February 2017.

The event covered all relevant topics pertaining to the new insulation rules for Landlords.

Thank you to everyone who attended.  We had over 100 people attend, with a great line up of speakers.  Big thanks to the Southland Chamber of Commerce Janice & Miriam for hosting this event, our guest speakers  Debbie McKenzie from Ray White talking about... read more

The Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Southland Property Management Company of the Year Award is Pride Property Management.

Southland Warm Homes Trust Chairman, Jim Hargest said the team at Pride Property Management displayed a strong level of support to both tenants and landlords encouraging energy efficiency ideas and insulation improvements to rental properties in Southland during the year.  These improvements helping to make a healthier living environment for many tenants.

“Several entries were submitted for the award... read more

Gore residents may be able to access an interest free loan scheme to install cleaning heating options.

The Gore District Council’s finance and policy committee this week recommended the Council administers Environment Southland’s clean air loan scheme free of charge. It also asked for a report into the potential for a low interest loan scheme to assist with installing insulation.

Environment Southland has set aside $140,000 a year to help Gore residents replace their non-compliant burners or open fires with approved burners and heat pumps to meet the requirements of the... read more

The government has announced it will be strengthening new residential tenancy laws.  The government want to see every NZ rental property insulated within four years.

Housing Minister Nick Smith announced plans to strengthen residential tenancy laws, including requirements for landlords to provide smoke alarms and insulation, and to declare the standard of insulation on tenancy agreements.

Our team is very excited about the new announcement as we see plenty of tenants living in poor, cold, damp conditions and are reliant on the landlord to go ahead with insulation.... read more

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